KNUTSFORD Academy students were praised for their ‘superb’ performances at the school’s annual music festival.

The Academy hosted its Beswick Music Festival, the Academy’s annual celebration of musicianship which was established in 1978 and celebrated its 41st year.

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A sixth form band performs at the festival

The evening saw more than 60 students take part and began with a performance from the senior choir.

This was followed by vocal, ensemble and instrumental performances from students in Year 7 through to Year 13.

The instrumental performances saw the students display their talents with a variety of classical and modern music played on an array of instruments including the flute, piano, cornet and ukulele.

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Students receive their best ensemble award

The highlight of the evening saw executive principal Mike Cladingbowl present the Shorrocks Award to Thomas Roberts in Year 8 and the Wallace Rose Bowl to Liz Fraser in Year 13.

Both awards are given for their overall achievements and commitment to music at the Academy.

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Liz Fraser receives her award

Head of performing arts, Helen Mayne said: “The Beswick Music Festival is such an important feature in the performing arts annual calendar of events, and it was wonderful to have so many entrants from across the full age range of the Academy.

“The finalists gave superb, professional performances and we are as ever very proud of their achievements.”

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The choir performs at the festival

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Thomas Roberts receives his award